By Tichaona Kureva
DESTINATION Victoria Falls continues to get international endorsement after Fastjet launched the inaugural and only flight on the Victoria Falls – Mbombela – Kruger route this Wednesday.
Air connectivity remains key to the accessibility of any destination in the world, as summed up by tourists from Texas, United States of America.
“We are happy to be connected to Victoria Falls, this is one of the most beautiful places in the world and we came all the way from Texas in America to come to Zimbabwe. We are very excited to be here. Zimbabwe is one of the most beautiful places we have been, thank you for your hospitality, thank you for your kindness, we appreciate it,” said one tourist from America.
“So far it has been so pretty, it is my first time to travel to Zimbabwe, this is awesome. Everything I have seen so far is amazing,” said another tourist.
Fastjet representative, Julian Edmunds indicated that the route will be serviced by a 50-seater aircraft initially scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with plans in place for additional flights later in the year.
“We believe that the introduction of our Victoria Falls, Mbombela Kruger Mpumalanga flights adds unprecedented value for our customers in terms of value and convenience. Mbombela, Kruger Mpumalanga flights is the first of two new route launches we have on our plans from Victoria Falls, a popular tourist destination amongst local and foreign travellers to Southern Africa,” said Edmunds.
Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe Regional Representative, Barbra Murasiranwa noted that the link is crucial in aiding Zimbabwe’s Tourism Recovery Plan.
“This launch by Fastjet has proved that Victoria Falls is the hub of tourism in Southern Africa and also going to increase our bed nights, we are building a lot and we need to fill those places. Kruger is one of the most visited places in South Africa so to catch that clientele from Kruger to here you are catching basically the same group of people who would love to have to visit various tourist attractions. We are going to see tourism arrival numbers growing because of this,” she said.
Airports Company of Zimbabwe Representative, Ronnie Masawi added that they are ready to receive more flights into the country.
“We are very excited by this development as it means more choices for our tourists, better connectivity into Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and increased business for our company,” said Masawi.
The continued endorsement of Destination Victoria Falls dovetails with the country’s target to achieve a US$5 billion tourism economy by 2025.
By Tichaona Kureva